CIPR partners with Government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has today announced a partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company, to improve young people's access to information on careers in public relations.

The partnership offers CIPR members the opportunity to become Enterprise Advisors for schools and colleges in their region, enabling them to play a key role in boosting the visibility of public relations as a career path.

Established by the Careers and Enterprise Company, the Enterprise Adviser Network operates throughout England and exists to create powerful, lasting connections between local professionals and the schools in their area.

Each volunteer will be allocated a school or college and will be supported by a full time Enterprise Coordinator. Members participating in the scheme will be eligible to claim 20 CPD points.

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company
We hope CIPR members will be inspired to join the Enterprise Adviser network to strategically influence how the sector inspires young people for the future.

The network offers the chance for skills-based engagement that can help with your leadership and communication skills and foster your growth as an expert on your local labour market. Becoming an Enterprise Adviser also has many benefits for your personal and professional development.
Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company
Rob Brown FCIPR, CIPR President, Managing Partner of Rule 5
The Enterprise Advisor Network provides a tremendous opportunity for our members to make an impact on the perceptions of public relations amongst young people. The scheme has enormous potential to broaden the talent pool of in PR. In many schools and colleges, careers advisors are themselves unaware of what working in PR entails. Our members can play a key role in plugging the knowledge gaps that exist across the UK's education institutions.
Rob Brown FCIPR, CIPR President, Managing Partner of Rule 5

To register your interest in the scheme, visit the Careers and Enterprise company website.

Notes to editors

About the Careers & Enterprise Company
The Careers & Enterprise Company exists to bring together businesses and education providers to achieve lasting improvements in the opportunities available to young people, scaling up best practice through investment in the areas most in need and applying an evidence based model to achieve lasting change.

Set up just over a year ago, The Company has already achieved nation-wide coverage for the Enterprise Adviser network. To date, the network has mobilised over 1,000 business volunteers and established 76 Enterprise Coordinators to work with clusters of schools and colleges to support the development of their employer engagement plans. The impact of the Enterprise Adviser network is already evident, with the schools and colleges involved being three times more likely to have a plan in place for engaging with employers.

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR was granted its Royal Charter by the Privy Council in February 2005. With over 10,000 members involved in all aspects of public relations, it is the largest body of its type in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).